Peanut Butter Messes
It started out like any other day. After picking up the oldest kiddo from school, we came home for afternoon snacks. On the way into the house, I noticed the front flower bed looked a bit droopy, so after setting the kids at the table with their peanut butter and graham crackers, I returned to the yard to water the flowers. A few minutes later I came inside, walked into the kitchen, and saw peanut butter carnage everywhere! What a mess!
An entire plate FULL of peanut butter, a nearly empty tub of peanut butter overflowed, smears on the table and the floor. “Kids!” I yelled, “Where are you and what happened in the kitchen?” They called back that they were in the bathroom trying to wash their hands. Eventually Simon came running back into the kitchen with watery peanut butter arms up to his elbows. “We were being pigs in a pig pen, Mom,” he said, “and the plate was our peg pen.” He continued to explain the mess about digging their hands in the jar and how it got all over the table – and how they tried to wash at the kitchen sink. . .
Then I saw the chair, and the sink, and the faucet. . .
I found more peanut butter on the kitchen floor and on the carpet on the way to the bathroom. Ugh!
In the bathroom I saw the girls trying to scrub peanut butter off their hands and arms. “It’s not coming off,” they moaned (since they weren’t using any soap. So the bathroom counter and floor and even poor baby doll were also victims of peanut butter. At least they were trying to clean it up, right? Too bad it was also in their hair and all around their clothes. . . how could they make such a mess so quickly?
And after cleaning the girls and the bathroom, we came back to the kitchen where Simon was trying to wipe the peanut butter off the chair and table. Once everyone and everything was scrubbed down, the kids all went to time-out. I took some deep breaths. Then we had a talk about how playing inside of a peanut butter jar probably isn’t a good choice. I think they maybe, sorta, didn’t really get it. But now I have learned – leaving kids with a jar of peanut butter is a bad idea!!
What crazy things have your kids done lately? Tell me in the comments!